Tuesday, January 03, 2012

back to it! / baby gear fun

deep breathing in the baby store
josh and i made the pilgrimage to our local buy buy baby yesterday just to look at things [not to buy!]. it was actually REALLY helpful and ended up solidifying a lot of our decisions! the hardest part seems to be striking a balance between opting for purchases that will make things easier vs. going crazy for too much stuff that just fills up the apartment with clutter [my nemesis]. i absolutely love our living space, but we do not have a huge amount of room. i fully expect that a good percentage of our space to get filled with baby paraphernalia, but every piece better be something that serves a purpose.

and if possible, not completely garish and offensive-looking . . .

this chair would be fine in a big house but does not need to be the focal point of our entire kitchen/dining area/living room

luckily, there are plenty of alternatives these days:

inoffensive and hopefully functional keekeroo chair

our biggest dilemma right now remains: how to set up the baby's room so that it can also be a comfortable guest room for visitors. right now we are thinking about a futon [which will also become my nursing/lounging couch]. as usual, we'll probably go the way of good ol' IKEA:

beddinge havet. just can't beat the prices + respectable design

in fact, we're even planning on hacking an IKEA dresser into a changing table <-- their idea

a step down from this pottery barn beauty but approximately $400 cheaper

the extra weekend day

in addition to baby browsing, we ended up going to see a movie

would definitely recommend -- simple but very nicely done

and then spending a leisurely evening on the couch and then in bed reading.

if only every weekend had an extra day . . .



workout: ended up skipping it -- my body wanted a break!

super-easy chicken quesadilla

i actually don't think you really need a recipe to make chicken quesadillas -- just throw in chicken, beans, some veg of our choice, and top with cheese -- how can you go wrong? but sometimes it's just nice to have the inspiration from the pages of a magazine. served with some leftover soup from last night for extra veg action.

spanish: about to get to it after about a 10 day hiatus -- ahh! hoping i haven't forgotten everything already . . .